||Table plans are a really good way of organising your guests for the wedding breakfast. Some venues will provide a basic table plan for you but often the bridal party are disappointed when they see a poorly printed list taped to the door!
Once your guests have replied to your invitations and you know who's attending you can then work out your seating plan. The venue will tell you for the number of people attending how many tables you will have and where they will be placed. It's then up to you to determine who sits where. Sorting out the seating plan can be quite complicated; often weddings are reunions for friends and family who haven't seen each other for a long time so it's worth taking this into account. Similarly, some family members are just best kept slightly further apart!
Often the easiest way to sort out your seating plan is to write out the names of your guests on some slips of paper and place them around a sketch of the tables until you're happy with the arrangement.
The table plan is the printed version of your seating plan. If you want to avoid the lists pinned to the door then a handmade table plan is ideal. If you are creative you may like to make the table plan yourself but please beware - usually the seating plan is only finalised in the last few weeks and you may be busy organising lots of other details and your table plan will just be an added pressure.
The table plan itself can be in may formats; framed or unframed, large or small much of it will depend on the size of your wedding and your budget. Check with the venue to see how it can be displayed, small table plans can be placed on a small stand on a table, larger ones are usually placed on easels. In all cases they're usually near the door to the place of the reception.
Whatever your type of table plan you will need some corresponding 'labels' for your tables, these are called the table name cards. Usually handmade table names are designed to match your table plan so that everything coordinates. They may be free standing or placed in holders. How many you need for each table is simply determined by the size of the table but usually one or two is sufficient.
Whatever you decide you can be sure that having your table plan handmade with matching table stationery (menus, place cards and favour boxes) not only looks stunning but will be a guaranteed talking point for your guests!
Please see our table plan download for our own catalogue and prices.
© Donna Biggs 2005